The Lunch Spots in Paris It Took Me a Year to Find

After spending a year lunching in the city of lights, I’d like to say I know my way around the food scene pretty well. Here are my nine favorite lunch spots in Paris that I visit again and again and where I send friends and family who plan to visit the city.

Le Comptoir du Relais – French

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Not to sound like a Zagat guide or anything, but this is classic French bistro food with a modern twist, all at an affordable price. If you’re feeling peckish before or after dinner head to next door to l’Avant Comptoir for crêpes and tapas.

Info: yelp

Breizh Café

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Well, I guess all the hype is worth it because Breizh Café really does have amazing salted butter caramel crêpes. Though I don’t love quite the ambiance (there are just way too many tourists and fellow English speakers afoot), it makes a great stop between shopping and strolling in Le Marais.

For more info here’s my full review of Breizh Café.

Info: yelp // website

Frenchie To Go

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Feeling homesick for the good ol’ U.S. of A.? Come to Frenchie for lunch. It’s known in the expat community as a great place to snack on some of your favorite anglo-eats like cheesecake, doughnuts, pickles and maple smoked bacon. Also- Please. Eat. The. Lobster. Roll. (But if you can’t afford the 23 euro price, the pulled pork sandwich is pretty good too.)

Info: yelp // website

Candelaria

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If you ask me, a life without Mexican food is not life. Which is why I was so happy to find an authentic Mexican restaurant in Paris. This tiny place made me actually feel like I was in Mexico: the shabby counter, the slowly revolving fan, the Spanish-speaking owners. The only non-Mexican aspect is the Parisian prices-  at three euros a taco, you will feel like you south of the border until just before you get the bill.

Info: yelp // website

Le Relais de l’Entrecôte

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Free refills on beverages may not exist in France, but evidently, free refills on steak frites do. Le Relais de l’Entrecôte serves some of the best steak frites in the city, and at 27 euros for two orders, it’s not a bad deal. While the tender meat and the crispy fries are delicious,what really makes the meal special is the parsley butter sauce, or as I think it should be called, What-in-God’s-name-is-this-I-would-give-my-first-born-for-some-more sauce.

Info: yelp // website

Rue Sainte-Anne for Japanese

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Want to hear a random fact about Parisians? They’re obsessed with sushi and Japanese food. (I suspect it’s for the low-carb aspect, ahem.) So do like the Parisians do and come to the Rue Saint-Anne for your Asian fix- I would particularly recommend a steaming bowl of ramen or some Japanese curry.

Dawa

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There’s nothing that warms up a bitingly cold winter day like a hot bowl of bimbimbap- and as Edna showed me, Dawa is the place to get it. Though I am not terribly well-acquainted with Korean food (something I need to remedy immediately!), the food at Dawa struck me as authentic, reasonably priced and obviously, extremely yummy.

Info: yelp

Rue des Rosiers

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Oh, dear. How many times can the falafel on the Rue de Rosiers be blogged about? But really, there’s a reason why most Paris foodies will direct you to the Rue des Rosiers- there’s just nowhere else in Paris to get such fresh, inexpensive falafel topped with topped with cabbage, eggplant and spicy harissa sauce. While L’As du Fallafel is the most famous restaurant on the street, I’ve tried most of the falafel on the street and it’s basically the same everywhere.

Info: yelp

Nameless French Bistro

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When in doubt in Paris, just got for the classics. This is a salade de chèvre chaud I tried at a little bistro near the Place des Vosges. All it consists of is butter lettuce, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, shallot vinaigrette and baguette with goat cheese, and it’s one of my favorite dishes in the world- which goes to show you sometimes simple really is best.

What is your favorite lunch spot in Paris?

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About Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is a travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Uganda. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour Magazine.

18 thoughts on “The Lunch Spots in Paris It Took Me a Year to Find”

  1. That lobster roll looks amazing. As do all of these places, really! I fell in love with Paris when I visited there and I’m considering spending some time there once I graduate. This post just made me all the more excited!

  2. It is true, a life without Mexican food IS NOT life! I’ll be bookmarking these for sure! Can’t wait to experience Paris….but of course I’m terrified of the prices! eeeek!

  3. Yum, yum, YUM! You’ve given me some new dining options next time I’m in Paris. The Mexican at Candelaria is at the top of my list since good Mexican seems pretty hard to come by here. (and happy belated birthday!)

  4. I loved Marche des Enfants Rouges for lunch. They have vendors for amazing French, Italian, Morrocan (and many more) food. My favourite was the Morrocan kiosk where you could get beautifully tender tagines with mountains of cous cous along with a mint tea for a good price (for Paris!)

  5. I’ll admit, after nearly a year in Asia, the prices on most of those dishes makes me cringe and fear for when we make it to Europe, but then again, everything you’ve posted looks utterly delish! Last night Tony & I were playing one of our favorite games, which is mostly to mentally browse through our favorite restaurants/dishes from back home and estimate how long it has been since we have had them (apparently we are masochists….). We were really fixated on steak, and I’m pretty sure we haven’t had one in almost 12 months… I have told Tony we are waiting for Paris, and now we know exactly where to get one (honestly, I’m pretty sure he’s as excited for the frites as for the steak itself!)!

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